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Yuni made the roster! March 30, 2008

Posted by Brad in news, stats.
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Lost in all the hubbub over Cha Seung Baek making the Mariners roster is that, as everyone expected, Yuniesky Betancourt will be the Mariners’ starting shortstop tonight. Ryan Divish of the News-Tribune has a good breakdown of the final roster moves. Somehow, Yuni’s future sidekick R.A. Dickey didn’t make the team. Somehow the Twins didn’t want him back via Rule 5, and somehow he made it through waivers.  He’ll start the season in Tacoma, along with Jeremy Reed, Greg Norton, Jeff Clement, Wladimir Balentien, Yung Chi Chen, and plenty of other 20-somethings you may not have actually seen play, yet are convinced are talented.

Here’s Yuni’s final stats for spring training, along with other middle infielders:
Yuni: .294/.333/.456 (that’s Batting average/On-base percentage/Slugging Percentage). He stole one base, and was caught twice.
Jose Lopez: .278/.307/.361. Jose seems to have locked up the 2nd spot in the lineup, until he stops hitting in a few weeks.
Jose Vidro: .206/.243/.254. He’s the team’s starting DH, and he gets to head ahead of Yuni.
Miguel Cairo: .255/.255/.400. Yep, no walks.
Little Bill Blloomquist: .242/.350/.242. Yep, no extra base hits.
I should remind you (as Lookout Landing did) that these stats don’t mean anything. Although Bloomquist still can’t hit for any sort of power.

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